The following was written by Marla Feldman, MAZON’s California Program Manager. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With unemployment on the rise and food pantries seeing 40% more people seeking emergency food assistance, it is critical that California moves to a semi-annual reporting system which will ease the burden on food stamp participants and allow them to continue to receive the food assistance that they need. California is one of the last states to make this important change, as 48 other states in the country already have a semi-annual reporting system. The California Food Policy Advocates has drafted a letter to the USDA, signed and supported by many MAZON CA grantees, to urge them to reject the extension of California’s waiver to make participants report household changes every quarter and to report with more forms than federally required. If USDA rejects the waiver extension, the Department of Social Services will be more likely to move towards semi-annual, simplified reporting, which will increase access to this vital program. To learn more about this important effort, please see the USDA sign-on letter attached.